Now listen to yourself.
At the end of this week, I’ll be heading to the Oregon for the Earth Joy Writing Book Tour! I’ll be blogging here daily to share insights, discoveries, and images…
Today we move into the third step of our deep, mindful listening process. (See the last two posts for the first two steps.)
Step 3: Now listen to yourself.
We cannot really listen to our deepest selves until we learn to listen to others.
That friend who always talks about herself?
And how boring and annoying she is?
It’s because she doesn’t really listen to the world or to others.
So after spending some time in mindful listening for the last two days, now we are ready to move to listening to ourselves.
Write in your journal for 1 minute in response to each of the following statements.
Time yourself so you put sacred boundaries around your writing.
This will enable you to go deeper, knowing that the time is limited and you must go directly into the truth of what you want to say and that you will be able to come back up from that deep place of truth fairly soon.
Write whatever comes. Do not censor or criticize or cross out. Keep writing. Allow yourself to say what needs to be said.
What I want to say is…
I am afraid to write about…
I dream of writing about…
If I had the courage, my writing would focus on…
I’d love to hear how you are listening more deeply today. Leave a comment below and let me know how Earth Joy Writing is helping you understand the importance of listening to others in your own life.
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Cassie Premo Steele, Ph.D., is the author of 13 books and a writing coach.